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Palone notches seven-bagger at The Meadows

on 10/29/2013 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, North America's all-time "winningest” driver, padded his career total considerably Tuesday at The Meadows when he drove seven winners on the 15-race card.   While three of the victories were for trainer Ron Burke, Palone also notched a win each for conditioners Paul Kennedy, Tye Loy, Tim Twaddle and Clay Faurot Jr. Most of Palone's winning horses were heavily supporte...
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HTA announces scholarship winners

on 10/29/2013 2:00 AM
Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America's 2013 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education.   Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The 2013 winners are:   CHELSEA...
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Bailey's Wish gets her wish in Violet

on 10/28/2013 2:00 AM
Illinois state-bred trotting fillies took center stage Sunday night at Balmoral Park as the ICF stakes season continued to wind down, with a field of nine diagonally gaited freshmen taking to the track to slug it out in the $42,500 Violet Stake.     With the move back into the state-bred ranks after finishing fifth against open company in the Hanover last time out, Ja...
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Two repeat as Virginia-bred champs at Colonial

on 10/28/2013 2:00 AM
Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as 3 year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 "Day of Champions” card.   Morgan Hagerman's Blueridge Adalia captured the 2-year-old filly pacing title a year ago and wired the field in Sunday's title race as a sophom...
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Glidemaster moving to Winbak of New York

on 10/28/2013 2:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management has announced that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of New York. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster's trainer and shareholder Blair Burgess said the move is a great fit. "Glidemaster sires outstanding gate speed and half-mile track ability, a...
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David Ingraham drives 6,500th winner

on 10/28/2013 2:00 AM
Driver David Ingraham pieced together a masterful performance at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (Oct. 27), teaming four winners from the nine-race program and securing his 6,500th career win in the process. The milestone win came while driving No Surrenders, a five-year-old son of Art Major, owned by Omer Burke and trained by Thomas Richardson. The mile was timed in 1:57.4; the fifth win ...
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Count Me In upsets in Meadows top trot

on 10/28/2013 2:00 AM
Count Me In seized the two hole from the gate and used the ensuing pocket trip to pull off a 15-1 upset victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Mike Wilder hustled Count Me In to the front, but the pair quickly settled in behind Summer Indian, the 1-1 favorite. The 4-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding was stronger in the lane, brushing outside to defeat S...
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Messenger, Lady Maud elims held at Yonkers

on 10/27/2013 2:00 AM
It was generally a formful foray Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting eliminations for both the Messenger Stakes--final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--and its companion event, Lady Maud Pace. Ten 3-year-olds--eight colts and two geldings--tried the Messenger, while 14 soph ladies went at in the Maud. The first of two, $40,000 elims for the 58th Messenger saw 1-2 choice Sun...
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Stakes action highlights Hoosier Saturday card

on 10/27/2013 2:00 AM
Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26.  In its’ 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the ...
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Kindergartens to Goddess, Southwind Spirit

on 10/26/2013 2:00 AM
Goddesss and Southwind Spirit each earned champion status as the result of their first-place finishes in Friday night's $433,500 finals of the 2013 Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. Goddess gained a 1:56.3, front-striding victory in the $206,000 Kindergarten title test for 2-year-old filly trotters, while Southwind Spirit continued his superb season with...
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Beatgoeson Hanover, Here We Go Again win

on 10/26/2013 2:00 AM
Trotter Beatgoeson Hanover and pacer Here We Go Again won their respective Preferred races on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the featured races carried a purse of $25,000. Beatgoeson Hanover (Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), a 5-year-old mare from the Nifty Norman barn, was making her first start since finishing 5th a week ago in the Breeders Crown final for aged...
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Fall Four races moving to Woodbine in 2014

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will once again proudly host the ‘Fall Four' stakes for two-year-olds in 2014, which includes the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory for open competitors. With The Meadowlands Racetrack hosting the Breeders Crown in 2014, Woodbine Racetrack was asked to host the ‘Fall Four' stakes at the Toronto oval. The quartet of...
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Michael Melander, son Marcus, looking at US

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Michael Melander, the brother of well-known Swedish horseman Stefan Melander, is considering setting up a stable in the U.S. Melander is a professional pilot for TUI Travel Group, the largest tourism operator in Europe, and was based out of Fort Lauderdale last winter and resided in Vero Beach, near Palema Training Center. His son Marcus is a horseman in Sweden, earning honors as the country's...
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Case denied PA license; can re-apply in 5 years

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has affirmed an earlier ruling denying Walter Case Jr. a racing license. Case was originally denied a license in early June by the Commission.   According to the most recent ruling, dated Oct. 9, 2013, Case "may submit a new license application with this Commission after a period of five years h...
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Virginia Day of Champions Sunday at Colonial

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective 3-year-old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday's 16th annual Virginia Harness "Day of Champions” program at Colonial Downs. A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in the 15-race card. Candid Pho...
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Power Wheel captures NJSS Green Acres final

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Power Wheel claimed the lead at the head of the backstretch and never was pressed, winning the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   The son of Muscles Yankee trotted the mile in 2:00.1, finishing two lengths ahead of Fandango Tornado (by Revenue) and 4 1/4 lengths in front of the 3-5 favor...
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Likeabatoutahell tops $1 million in earnings

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--pace for the ladies and a trot for all with proper credentials--were won by a wiring Rock N Load (Dan Dube, $10) and newly-minted millionaire Likeabatoutahell (George Brennan, $13.40).   Rock N Load, involved at the start from post position 3, made the lead around Classy Lane Rose (Jason Bartlett) after a :26.3 ...
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Marvin Raber wins Billings on "Pink Out" Friday

on 10/25/2013 2:00 AM
Tabulator was so wound up while scoring down that it took both trainer/driver Marvin Raber and Parade Marshal Missy Rothfuss to control him. But once Raber was able to redirect that energy to the matter at hand, the result was amazing — a 17-length victory for "Marvelous Marvin” and Tabulator in Friday's $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Final at The Meadows.   Tabulator ripped off a...
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Wrenn Jr. has Georgia on his mind at Batavia

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
It was a successful debut for Umygeorgia Hanover and North America's leading dash driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. at Batavia Downs Wednesday night as the pair combined to romp to victory in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.   It was the 13th victory of the season for Umygeorgia Hanover ($4) who was stepping up in class after coming off a 2 1/2-lengh victory in 1:53 on Oct. 11 at ...
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Production underway on Johnny Longshot

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Production on Johnny Longshot, a movie being produced by actor Emilio Estevez, who will also star in the film as a retired Thoroughbred jockey who wants to make a comeback in racing as a harness driver with winning the Little Brown Jug his goal, has begun. A trailer has been posted on Youtube promoting Johnny Longshot, although Estevez told harnessracing.com the version is still not completely...
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